USA - Super-Speed Train in Planning

Arno Froese

The first tests of Elon Musk’s revolutionary high-speed transport system could begin soon after Hyperloop One, one of 12 companies competing to make the idea a reality, completed its test track.

The company has finished work on its 500 meter long testing tunnel, which is situated in the Nevada desert, near Las Vegas, and has a diameter of 3.3 meters [about 11 feet]. It is expected to run initial trials on the near-supersonic speed train in the first half of this year.

Hyperloop One announced the news alongside 11 proposed routes for the super-fast transport, all of which are in the US. The longest proposed route is 1,152 miles from Cheyenne to Houston and the shortest 64 miles from Boston to Providence.

It would take an average car 17 hours to travel the longest route, which would be cut down to just an hour and 45 minutes on the Hyperloop.

The radical mode of transport, which could also travel from London to Manchester in 18 minutes, is being designed to hit speeds of up to 800mph. Designs for the Hyperloop look a bit like a train, but rather than running on wheels, its pods levitate and travel in a vacuum. The frictionless environment allows them to move with little air resistance.

-www.telegraph.co.uk, 7 April 2017

Arno's commentary

The above article in The Daily Telegraph, dated 7 April 2017, describes the project called “Hyperloop” proposed by multi-billionaire Elon Musk.

The fastest trains currently in operation are:
• 267.8 mph Shanghai Maglev in China
• 236.1 mph Harmony CRH in China
• 223.6 mph AGV Italo in Italy
• 217.4 mph Siemens Velaro E in Spain
• 217.4 mph Talgo 350 in Spain

According to Wikipedia, “Russian professor Boris Weinberg offered a vactrain concept in 1914 in the book Motion Without Friction. He also built the world’s first model of his proposed transport in Tomsk Polytechnic University in 1909. In 1955 Polish science fiction writer, Stanisław Lem, in [his] novel The Magellan Nebula wrote about intercontinental vactrain called “organowiec,” which was moving in a transparent tube at a speed higher than 1,666 km/h.”

How far from reality these plans are no one really knows, and only time will tell. What we do know is that man will continue to strive for faster transportation. That he has certainly achieved, when one compares the modes of transportation only two centuries ago, when the horse, the mule, and the camel were the only land-based methods of travel.

We are reminded here of the building of the Tower of Babel, as we read in Genesis 11:6: “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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